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BOSLEY: Baltimore’s native son and soul sensation, Bosley Brown, has been writing and performing since childhood; his career accelerated in 2012 following the release of his outstanding debut album Honey Pig which won him a devoted fan base and garnered him growing critical acclaim. Named #1 on Baltimore Magazine’s Hip List, Bosley and his fabulous band channel eclectic influences from 40′s Swing to 60′s R&B to 80′s Hip Hop and continue to turn out unique, original pop music and blazing, high energy live performances. FFRD: In the steamy basement of an otherwise unremarkable house in Baltimore, "Fake Flowers Real Dirt" forges their mix of genres from the funk/dope characteristic (e.g. funk, hip-hop): driving skank reggae moves to frenetic breakbeat/jungle, joined together with a series of quick jazz changes. Simple melodic lines and hooks give way to solos, with space. FFRD's efforts began when singer Billy D William marshaled the forces of an accomplished group of veterans from the DMV music scene. Their goal is nothing less than sonic nirvana - obtained through the melding of diverse musical traditions into a form greater than the sum of its parts. Atop the groundwork carefully, yet ruthlessly laid down by drummer Kevin Shuss and bassist / sound-man extraordinaire Ethan Montgomery, Billy D William sings skyward with gospel soul, singer Viki Nova adds delicious harmonies while increasing the band's class considerably, Dave Eynck invites listeners into his world with cerebral chord voicings and sound, turntablist GERM mashes and scratches (real) vinyl, Gene Chapman and Ernesto Ponce play searing and soaring sax lines - close your eyes and imagine Cannonball!!! - while Paul Haney and his trusty laptop go from buzzy synth, with attendant envelopes and filters, to your classic hammond B3. Brian Escavage provides percussion and extra drive to the deep rhythms - the icing on an already tasty cake! The group embraces the style nouveau while never forgetting the trivial inequality: 10 seasoned players, still on their way 'round the block > 1 laptop. FFRD transcends superlatives; their awesomeness is matched only by their modesty. From the basement in a house in Baltimore, MD to your ears, "The flyest and the most, as real as non-fiction." ERNESTO J. PONCE BAND: Ernesto began playing saxophone at the age of 11 when his father, a drummer, bought him a sax from his work associate. Since then, Ernesto has delved into many aspects of music including playing keys, producing, music engineering, & songwriting. Although self taught on the sax and behind the desk, he has formal training as well, being accepted in 2000 into the prestigious Music Engineering Technology Program at the University of Miami on a saxophone scholarship. Since then he has engineered and produced at commercial facilitiesin Austin and Dallas working with independent artists as well as major label acts such as Pharrell Williams, Grammy winner Gregg Curtis, N.E.R.D, Devin the Dude, and Chamillionaire to name a few. Emphasizing in pop/hip-hop mixing, and also familiar with beat production, Ernesto produced a few cuts in 2007 on a nationally distributed LP for southern hip-hop pioneer E.S.G. In 2009, after working with and befriending Jon Crosby at 5th Street Studios in Austin, he was asked to tour with Jon's band V.A.S.T throughout the US and Canada. On the "Me & You" tour, Ernesto showcased his diverse skill set playing keys, sax, & running D.A.W on a tour that included 38 performances in 41 days. After moving to Baltimore in '09, Ernesto has concentrated on his solo work and has sought out creative opportunities sitting in on open mics, studio sessions, & performances around the Baltimore area.
Sounds Like: Erykah Badu, The Gorillaz, D'Angelo, CeeLo Green, Wayne Shorter
Bio: In the under-inhabited world of soul music, Ernesto J. Ponce is making huge strides in his quest for a modern soul approach. Prolific and raw, Ernesto's soul sensibility is intrinsically unique, mesmerizingly fluid, and anything but the ordinary.